Taka Yama Float's Full Return to Kyoto Gion Festival's Second Procession after 196 YearsImposing Dignity Met with Applause
The Taka Yama float had been absent since a storm damaged it in the procession of 1826. In 2014, the float's preservation group formed a festival music band, and began working to rebuild the float to rejoin the festival. Full scale preparations for this year's procession had been steadily underway. Having overcome its hardships, the float with imposing dignity proceeded through Kyoto's main streets, accompanied by resounding festival music, and was met with thunderous applause from the spectators.
At 9:30 a.m., the 11 floats, including the Hashibenkei Yama float, which is traditionally exempt from drawing lots to determine order and is fixed in the lead position, departed successively from the Karasuma-Oike intersection, Nakagyo Ward. The lead float was followed by the Kitakannon Yama float, which is traditionally fixed in second position, and the Jomyo Yama float, which was chosen as third in the drawing, proceeding eastward through Oike Street. At the Oike-Teramachi intersection, they underwent the "Kuji Aratame" ceremony to confirm the procession order. Then they passed through Kawaramachi Street and Shijo Street. The first float arrived at the Shijo-Karasuma intersection around 11:30 a.m.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)